Joyce Meyer is not only a Survivor, but also a Christian teacher and author. Several years ago she wrote a book entitled “Battlefield of the Mind” that continues to be a standard for Survivors, among one of her best selling books and very useful for anyone dealing with emotional turmoil, negative thoughts and a desire to heal.
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 is “The Importance of the Mind” and Meyer encourages readers to think about what we are thinking about. According to Proverbs 23:7 as a person thinks in his heart, so does he become. Our thoughts dictate our actions. The Introduction of the book explains that “if we have negative mind then we will have a negative life”. Unfortunately, because of our horrific experiences, our thoughts are often centered around pain, fear, anxiety, lack of trust, stress and a general expectation that horrific things will continue to happen to us. But Mrs. Meyer explains that there is hope in the Word of God that declares that when we renew our minds as instructed in Romans 12: and replace negative thoughts with positive words of life then our lives will change. The battle is between the negative thoughts (or the enemy’s lies) and the Word of God.
Part 2 describes several conditions of the mind. According to the book, our minds can sometimes be confused, doubtful, unbelieving, anxious, worried, judgemental, criticial, suspicious or passive. Of course these conditions are harmful. Again, though, the book directs us to the hope that is found in the Bible. Chapter 15 provides six steps to having a positive outlook and attitude.
The final part gives a few examples of a wrong mindset which hurt us and hinder our progress. However, right mindsets point us in the right direction and out of the darkness or wildnerness and into the “glorious light of God’s marvelous Kingdom”. A few examples of wrong mindsets or wilderness mentalities include “My future is determined by my past and my present”, “My behavior may be wrong but its not my fault” and “I don’t deserve God’s blessings because I am not worthy”.
This book is well worth the time. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact information for a chance to win a copy of the book and accomanying study guide.